posted on 08/31/2022 15:02
In the Federal District, about 1,000 patients are on the waiting list for an organ donation. There has been an increase in interest in the topic of organ donation and transplantation in recent years, but this is still not enough to eliminate the queue. With this, the September Verde campaign seeks to make the population aware of the importance of donating and talking about the topic with family and friends.
Only brain-dead patients with no formal contraindication can be organ donors. “On average, only 5% of patients admitted to ICUs can be donors. Meanwhile, the queue of patients awaiting transplant grows annually”, highlights the director of the State Transplant Center of the Federal District, Daniela Salomão.
The director explains that the patient who dies outside a hospital unit can be a cornea donor and help someone to see again. “Vision is very important, and for the child even more so, as it compromises school performance. That is why it is so necessary to broaden the debate on the importance of organ donation”, points out Daniela, adding that there are people of all ages awaiting a corneal transplant.
Since 2020, more than 1,600 transplants have been performed in the DF. Currently, heart, liver, kidney, cornea, sclera, bone, skin and bone marrow transplants are performed in the capital. Until June this year, 375 patients had received a transplanted organ. Last year, 713 transplants were performed and in 2020, 521.